Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the evidence in his article that the June 2006 Guantanamo inmate suicides were in fact homicides, the Seton Hall report that debunks the government cover-up story, Gitmo prison guards who saw the three inmates removed from their cells and transported toward infamous Camp “No” on the night they supposed hung themselves, the Camp America commander’s threatening reminder to Guantanamo servicemen to adhere to the official narrative and the involvement of the DOJ and FBI in the cover-up and in stifling Congressional investigations.

MP3 here. (39:28)

The other Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor for Harper’s magazine where he writes the No Comment blog. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union.

He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

9 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Wow, lots of talk of "Official narratives" not being what were told in the alternative media. Maybe somones eyes will one day be open to look at the real reason why your even talking about people in Gitmo.

  2. This is journalist dynamite. What a scoop.

    A sadistic tripple homicide that is covered up, and soldiers coming out and telling about it.

    I really hope this will lead somewhere.

  3. Thanks for the interview Hortons, Scott (Qty.: 2; type: heroic–going to hell and back for love of community, returning successfully to deliver a salvific boon; Exp. Date: none).

    A slight clarification of the US refusal to return Shaker Aamer, "the man in the iron mask." The Brits did request his return, but we haven't honored that. Nor have we shown any intention to try him, either.
    Excerpted from
    Murders at Guantánamo: Scott Horton of Harper's Exposes the Truth About the 2006 "Suicides
    Andy Worthington

    As Horton also notes:

    The United Kingdom has pressed aggressively for the return of British subjects and persons of interest. Every individual requested by the British has been turned over, with one exception: Shaker Aamer. In denying this request, US authorities have cited unelaborated “security” concerns. There is no suggestion that the Americans intend to charge him before a military commission, or in a federal criminal court, and, indeed, they have no meaningful evidence linking him to any crime. American authorities may be concerned that Aamer, if released, could provide evidence against them in criminal investigations. This evidence would include what he experienced on June 9, 2006 …

    Also, regarding the cover-up. I don't know if I've ever seen a more blatant expression of the power of myth than Col. Bumgarner's direct order for US citizen-soldiers not to contradict the cover story, but to deny the truth of their own eyes and ears.

    That's the mind-warping, hellscape-manifesting power of myth over facts. A myth is a way of seeing and being in the world. By what myth were those 50-some citizen-soldiers jacked into a Waste Land, where the truth itself is the officially designated enemy?

    The Big Man Upstairs Knows Best. You're free to do exactly as I command you to do. You have free will, but if you don't do as I say, I will torment you forever. Now go. Be free. Just do as I say, and no one you know gets hurt.

    IMO, this god-awful perversion of the myths of the Levant is the state of the art in manufacturing consent, the weapon of choice for the Pentagon's "influence operators."

  4. A great interview! To say that Scott Horton is devoted to the law is like saying that neocons are cowardly chickenhawks. Well, duh!

    The U.S. Government had better not lecture anybody about anything. The world understands that Truth, Justice, and The American Way is a bad joke.

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